The return of USL PDL soccer to the Lower Mainland was announced for the 2017 summer season when TSS FC Rovers was formed, to play out of Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia. With the Victoria Highlanders resurrected for the 2016 USL PDL season under local ownership, this meant that after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Juan de Fuca Plate could be reborn!
Rules and About the Juan de Fuca Plate
The Juan de Fuca Plate is a supporter-sponsored competition for British Columbian clubs in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (USL PDL), a semi-professional league with clubs in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean.
Founded in 2012 by supporters of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Victoria Highlanders, the Juan de Fuca Plate is meant to spur interest across British Columbia in soccer at the semi-professional level, and to inspire good-natured rivalry between the competing cities. Standings in regular season games between all USL PDL teams in British Columbia count towards the championship. Every year, the winner will receive the Juan de Fuca Plate.
After a two-season hiatus the Juan de Fuca Plate returned for the 2017 USL PDL season. The teams competing will be the Victoria Highlanders and the TSS FC Rovers. The first game of the 2017 Juan de Fuca Plate will take place Friday, June 23 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia. The second game will be Sunday, June 25 at Swangard, and the final game will be Sunday, July 9 at Centennial Stadium on the campus of the University of Victoria.
The rules of the 2017 Juan de Fuca Plate are:
- The winner of the Juan de Fuca Plate is the United Soccer League Premier Development League (USL PDL) team in British Columbia with the best record in the league in games between these teams.
- The winner is determined by the following criteria.
- Points in eligible games
- Goal differential in games between the tied teams
- Goals for in games between the tied teams
- Away goals for in eligible games
- If all teams involved play the same number of games against each other, all games count in the Plate standings, regardless of the number of games that are home or away. If there are a different number of games between each competing team, the rules will be adjusted as required for a level playing field.
- At the end of the match where the winner has been determined, the champion shall be awarded the Juan de Fuca Plate.